De Beers’ GemFair delivering ‘positive impacts’ to ASM sector in Sierra Leone – David Johnson

GemFair, a pilot project developed by De Beers to create a secure and transparent route to market ethically sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds, is already delivering “important positive impacts” in Sierra Leone. Group head...

11 november 2019

Belgian-quality diamond boiling in Dubai from TRIGEM

Born in New York, David Zabinsky is CEO & Co-Founder of TRIGEM, an independent diamond service provider in Dubai. Before TRIGEM, David was Manager at Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone, where he was responsible for securing North and South American investment...

05 november 2019

Pavel Shelkov: "Our project is an attempt to fit Russia into the global trend and create a new private company in the diamond industry"

At the end of September, Moscow hosted the Second Annual Conference, "Gold and Diamond Mining Companies of Russia and Europe." The audience showed great interest to the presentation made by diamond geologist Pavel Shelkov of Almazy Zapolyarya...

28 october 2019

The team that turns sleeping stones into beautiful polished diamonds

Maxim Zemlyakov is the Director General of ADMS OOO, a company cutting and polishing natural and synthetic diamonds in Oryol. He has been the Director General of Oryol-ALROSA since 2007. Before heading it, he worked as a grinder, cutter, instructor...

21 october 2019

Demand will pick up once the season starts

N Anantha Padmanaban took charge as the Chairman of the All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) in January 2019. He has immense hopes and confidence in the Indian jewellery sector. His motto is to ‘ensure that after the day’s business...

14 october 2019

Rapaport to auction Sierra Leone 709 carat diamond

12 october 2017
Rapaport said it has been selected by the government of Sierra Leone as the marketing and sales agent of the 709 carat diamond, which was discovered by an artisanal miner last March in the village of Koryardu.
The group said in a statement that more than 50 percent of the stone’s sales value would directly benefit the community where the diamond was discovered and the people of Sierra Leone.
“We call on the worldwide diamond industry to bid generously for the Peace Diamond as it will bring vital infrastructure and benefit to thousands of Sierra Leone’s artisanal diggers,” said Sierra Leone president Ernest Bai Koroma.
He said the government was committed to ensuring a transparent and competitive auction process that would ensure fair market value for Sierra Leone’s diamonds.
The owner of the diamond, Pastor Emmanuel Momoh also said that the stone would greatly improve the lives of “our people”.
“This diamond represents our hope for a better future as the resources of Sierra Leone fund growth, development and jobs,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rapaport chairperson Martin Rapaport said he believed in the positive energy of the Peace Diamond and the great good it would do for the people of Sierra Leone.
“The lucky buyers of the Peace Diamond and the resultant polished Peace Diamonds can take pride in knowing that they have created a better life for tens of thousands of people,” he said.
“This is a diamond that makes the world a better place. This is a diamond with spiritual sparkle.”

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished